Eurofax 51 (December 1996)
Ray Saunders (rsaunders@WORLD.SCOUT.ORG)
Mon, 9 Dec 1996 07:54:11 GMT
Eurofax is the monthly newsletter of the European Region. It is produced by
the European Scout Office and is distributed by fax to all member
associations in the European Scout Region and the Europe Region WAGGGS, and
others. This text-only version is distributed as an additional service to
members. Reproduction of articles without alteration is encouraged but
Eurofax should be acknowledged as the source of the information.
Concerned about Youth Unemployment?
If your association is concerned with the high level of youth unemployment
in Europe - where one in every five young people is unemployed - you may
wish to participate in a campaign organised by the Youth Forum of the
European Union. The Youth Forum has developed a selection of material such
as posters, leaflets and postcards that can be used as a part of the
The material is available in ten languages: Danish, Dutch, English,
=46innish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish and Swedish. For
further information please contact the National Youth Council in your
country, or alternatively the Youth Forum directly at fax number (+32.2)
As the Phoenix (F=E9nix) arose from its ashes in the myth, so the trampled
ideals of Scouting and Guiding have arisen in the countries of central and
=46ENIX '97 is an international camp taking place in Prague, Czech Republic,
from 22-29 June 1997. The aim of the event is to renew with the tradition
of Slavonic Jamboree which was founded in 1931 when 15 000 Scouts from
Czechoslovakia, Poland, Russia, Ukraine, Yugoslavia, Bulgaria and other
European countries met in Prague.
The programme will focus on the exchange of Scout experiences and on
cooperation among participating nations, presentation of the special
aspects of Scouting in different countries, exploring the culture of Prague
and of the Czech Republic, doing camp activities such as handicraft,
sports, competitions, etc.
Participants will be Scouts and Guides aged between 10 and 18. Preliminary
applications should be sent by the end of November 1996. Further
information will be sent in December. The deadline for final applications
and payment of participation fee USD 35 is lst March 1997. The
participation does not cover the food.
=46or further information please contact : FENIX '97 - Junak, Senovazne nam.
24, 116 47 Praha 1, Czech Republic. Tel: (+42.2) 24 10 22 68 or (evenings)
(+42.2) 32 46 76. Fax: (+42.2) 24 10 22 23 or (+42.2) 24 21 48 25. E-mail:
National Programme Commissioners' Forum
This Forum will be held at the Gustavelund Hotel in Tuusula, Finland, from
12-16 March 1997. The aim of the event is to assist national associations
in developing high-quality youth programmes, by providing an opportunity to
exchange ideas, tools and expertise.
Participants should have knowledge and experience of developing youth
programmes at national level, be familiar with the materials and support
provided by the European Region, by the World Organization and by WAGGGS
relating to youth programme development and be able to communicate well in
English and/or French. Associations are encouraged to send more than one
participant to the Forum, in order to facilitate the sharing of new ideas
and tools and maximise their impact on programme teams and their work.
There is no age limit for participation in this event.
Applications to attend the National Programme Commissioners Forum must
reach the European Guide and Scout Office by 20 January 1997. For further
information, please see the invitation that was included in October's
Europak, or contact Hr=F6nn P=E9tursd=F3ttir or Jacqueline Collier at the
European Guide and Scout Office.
The 1997 edition of the EuroSteps booklet has been completed in English,
=46rench and German and is currently being printed. The booklet includes
information on 51 projects which young people aged 16-22 can undertake in
The 15 new projects for 1997 are in Estonia, Poland, Portugal, Romania,
Spain, Finland, Italy, France, Greece and UK. They include a Baltic Armada,
various environmental projects, workcamps to renovate ancient buildings,
discovering the Cultural Capital of Europe, art and sculpture workshops,
hiking, cycling, horse riding and canoeing expeditions.
The EuroSteps booklets will be sent to national associations before Christma=
Where to Stay in Europe
The 1997 edition of Where to Stay in Europe, the European directory of
Scout and Guide centres and campsites, is being prepared for printing and
distribution in January.
The directory continues to expand and it now includes information on over
270 centres in 20 countries. In addition, a new section in the directory
gives details on international voluntary work opportunities offered by some
of the centres featured.
Sea Scouting and Guiding
The Norwegian Guide and Scout Association will host the 5th European Sea
Scout and Guide Seminar in Oslo. Please note that the dates of the event
have been changed to 23-25 May 1997. The seminar will bring together Sea
Scout and Guide leaders from many different countries to share ideas,
experiences and plan future co-operation.
The proposed programme includes: an overview of Sea Scouting and Guiding in
Europe and review of previous Sea Scout and Guide seminars; new EU safety
regulations for water activities; Europe For You ! and Sea Scouting's
contribution; highlights from the Armada 1995.
=46or more information, or to receive your own copy of Euronaut, the Europea=
Sea Scout and Guide newsletter, please contact Einar =D8slebye. Fax: (+47.22=
42 07 04 or (+47.38) 01 51 40.
"Building Bridges of Friendship"
This seminar, focusing on north-south co-operation and development, was
organised by the European Region at the European Youth Centre in Strasbourg
from 25 November to 1 December. It was attended by 27 participants from 19
associations in 13 countries.
The aim of the seminar was to encourage national associations to integrate
development education into their youth programmes and to undertake
development programmes within the framework of partnerships with
associations in developing countries. Participants considered that all the
objectives set had been reached and were especially pleased with the
friendly atmosphere and wide variety of methods used (a simulation game,
role-plays, case studies from north and south, a project fair, theatre,
group discussions, analysis of key texts, plenary presentations and
Participants prepared recommendations for their national associations on
the following topics: the missions of Scouting and Guiding; youth
programme; adult resources; project management and finance; communication
and publications; partnership; networking.
The deadline for registration to the one and only European event for 16-20
year-olds in 1997 has been extended to 31 January 1997. From 21 July - 2
August 1997, participants will have an opportunity to discover Europe and
its wide variety of different cultures, through working in international
patrols and developing their own projects. For more information, please
contact Eurofolk '97, rue de Dublin 21, B-1050 Brussels. Fax (+32.2) 511 46
World Scout Committee meets in Kandersteg
At the invitation of the Kandersteg Committee, the World Scout Committee
convened in Kandersteg, 8-10 November 1996, or the first time since the
1920's. For many of the Committee members, it was their first opportunity
to visit the 'International Home of Scouting' - initiated by the Founder of
the Movement, Robert Baden-Powell. Apart from the important business of the
meeting itself, it was also the occasion to bid farewell to Aidan Jones as
Director of the centre and to thank him for his years of service, during
which the centre has seen many improvements in its operations. Aidan has
also been instrumental in developing aspects of the Europe For You !
programme, including the Where to Stay in Europe directory and the European
Camp Staff Programme. The European Scout and Guide Centre Managers'
Conference has also flourished under Aidan's management.
New Director appointed
John Moffat (26), from the United Kingdom, has been appointed as Director
of the Kandersteg International Scout Centre, in Switzerland.
John was previously Programme Director at the centre and is looking forward
to the challenges his new position presents. "With the recent opening of
the new extension to the chalet, the centre has entered a new phase of
development," explained John, "We need to keep the best of all that has
gone before while, at the same time, working towards the future. I feel
very honoured to be leading the centre team during this critical phase, and
I am grateful to the Kandersteg Committee for placing its trust in me."
We all wish John and the centre every success.
A winter wonderland in Kandersteg
With the early arrival of half-a-metre of snow around the chalet,
Kandersteg International Scout Centre looks all set for a fantastic winter
season. It's not too late to book yourself or your group a winter ski week
at the 'International Home of Scouting', in the Swiss Alps. Contact John
Moffat, Kandersteg International Scout Centre, Vielfallen, CH-3718
Kandersteg, Switzerland. Tel: (+41.33) 675 82 82 Fax: (+41.33) 675 82 89
Eurofax reaches its half-century
Having just received Eurofax No 50, I would - on behalf of Scouting in this
country - like to thank you for a most welcomed tool of communication.
We look forward, very much, to receive further good information through
Eurofax and send you our warmest regards,
Jorgen G Rasmussen, International Commissioner, The Danish Scout Council"
The staff of the European Guide and Scout Office takes this opportunity to
send all readers of Eurofax their seasonal best wishes and to remind
everyone that the office will be closed from 23 December until 1 January,
both dates inclusive.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City